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The stand-up comedian is a special breed, both an artist and an artisan. They work by painstakingly developing a persona, scripting and editing an act, and revising it on the spot to suit the energy of a given audience. If the audience does not grasp the countless hours crafting the routine, and the empathic micro-calculations, then the act was a success... well, as long as it was funny. Alone Up There explores contemporary stand-up with a focus on the performer. Using interviews with several professional comedians and experts we will ask the questions: 'What kind of person can do stand-up?' and 'What kind of person would want to?' This film is a first-hand journey through one of the toughest jobs in the entertainment industry. Written by Anonymous

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Interesting insights into the mind of a comedian
3 October 2012 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

I recently downloaded the documentary Alone Up There by Sean Patrick Shaul. First of all - I loved the fact that I could download it on my phone, very cool.

I'm a huge fan of stand up comedy, so it was great to hear what the comics had to say about the art form. The film asks the question - what kind of person would want to become a stand up comedian - and why? There are a lot of great interviews and candid moments from the comics. It's always a treat to see and hear what comics are like off stage.

Seeing Jeremy Hotz talking casually off stage is worth the price alone

  • but Alonzo Bodden, Marc Maron and Iliza Shlesinger are real stand

outs too.

Without giving anything away, the last part of the film examines the idea that to really understand stand up comedy - you have to do it. The filmmaker embarks on a journey to learn what it feels like to be a comic and I think he succeeds.

In the vein of I Am Comic, I think Alone Up There provides a short glimpse into the mind of the comic and what it takes to do this for a living.

I really enjoyed the film and highly recommend it. You can download it for $7 at HTTP://

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